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Misunderstanding leads to confusion, correction in 11-AAA softball

A misunderstanding by county coaches left Hillsboro off the District 11-AAA tournament list, but the Lady Burros are back in the field for the now six-team double elimination event set to start May 6 at Crockett Park in Brentwood.

Hillsboro did not play a full softball schedule, forfeiting at least three district games during its final season in the district before moving to District 12-AAA - comprised of Nashville teams - next season. When representatives failed to attend the pre-tournament coaches meeting, it was taken as a signal that the Lady Burros would not be participating in the event.

After setting brackets, seedings and a schedule at the meeting last week, Hillsboro officials informed district officials that they were planning to play in the competition. Faced with a unique situation, officials turned to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association - the governing body for interscholastic athletics in the state.

“There was a call for an interpretation,” said TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress. “Our state bylaws say you have to let them (Hillsboro) play in the district tournament, regardless of whether or not they played everybody in the district.

“Where they are seeded in the tournament is completely up to the district.”

The Lady Burros are expected to be seeded sixth in the six-team field. Hillsboro has not won a district softball game since joining 11-AAA nearly 10 years ago.

“We are glad to have them back in the tournament,” said district chair and Franklin head softball coach Marshall Winkler April 30 afternoon. “We now have the entire district playing, which is what we wanted.”

With Hillsboro back in the lineup, both top seed Ravenwood and second seeded Independence draw a first round bye.

Posted on: 4/30/2013


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